Five Minute Friday: Why I’m Taking a Break From Instagram

I am in yet another state right now!

Greeting from San Antonio, TX! As I mentioned earlier this week, I’m currently at a Catholic students’ conference called SEEK. I’m drafting this post on Monday before I leave though, so I may or may not be having a good time. Hopefully the former!

I posted on Instagram last week that I’m taking a break from the beloved social media platform for a while. In all honesty, it was a long time coming. I love Instagram, but that’s exactly why I needed to let it go for a bit. I’ve talked about my woes with social media on here before, so why didn’t I just quit it finally!? 2016 was the year (yes, 2016— this was not a “resolution”)!

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If you struggle with depression, anxiety, low self esteem, or any sort of negativity AND you use social media often (or if you hate to love and love to hate your phone being with you all the dang time): 1) Know that you're not alone. 2) Watch the video titled "Simon Sinek on Millennials in the Workplace" on YouTube. It's 15 minutes and 100% worth your time. 3) Consider deleting all your social media icons off your phone and logging out or even deactivating your accounts for a while. Try it with me because maybe we need it (actually I KNOW I do). 4) Now what!? Pray. Move. Move in a way that makes YOU feel alive, not in a way that makes someone else look cool or fit or accomplished. Look up at the sky. Read. Think. Listen, learn, try something new. Re-learn to be patient. Let God come to you in the silence. P.S. Social media is not bad, but too much of a good thing can do more damage than good over time. I don't know when I'll be back here, but you can still find me on the blog, which I consider my journal. P.P.S. Happy feast of the Holy Family ❤ P.P.P.S. Until 2017! 🎉

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This very choppy vlog explains more (p.s. I recorded this while still in FL…sorry for all this time warp confusion):

if only my hair was still super short…with this pink t-shirt, I would have completed the Dora the Explorer look!

If you want to watch the Simon Sinek (not Simon Sinews like I said in the video haha) talk, click here!

Although I’m staying away from Instagram primarily right now, I also deleted the Facebook icon from my phone as well. Another goal of mine is to detach myself from my phone, so all social media is outta there.

I hope your first week of 2017 kicked butt! Have a great weekend, and I’ll talk to you when I get back to New York!

Wait first, can we look at this omelette I made earlier this week?

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Wait for it.

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CHEEEEEEESE. I made this baby with two eggs, one egg white, a splash of milk, salt and pepper + spinach, onion, parsley, Canadian bacon, cheddar cheese AND gouda cheese. Avocado toast on the side 🙂

So tell me: 

Do you ever get so sick of social media or having your phone on you all the time?

On the Verge of Internet Addiction?

Thoughts are flooding my mind like:

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…but first, let’s do some happy small talk!

The temperature in the mornings has been just lovely. A little chilly to some, but I love me some light sweater weather.

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After breakfast, Mass, and a little morning nap (I start work at 12 on Mondays), I took my moves and grooves outside, naturally.

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banana bread baked oatmeal with cinnamon raisin peanut butter + glass o’ {Lactaid} milk

THIS WAS HARD:

  • 1 mile run
  • 100 burpees
  • 100 double unders
  • 1 mile run

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I couldn’t tell you which part was the hardest, but I can tell you that all I could think of on that last mile was, “Keep chugging away. Don’t stop.” Even though I probably could have walked faster than I was running at some points (thanks, hills).

Here’s me trying to smile at the end.

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But I’m proud of myself! I hardly ever run, and I went ahead and did two miles of it in a workout.

Today I might go for a walk or do my favorite 18 minute plank workout. Either way, my legs need a break.

So last night…

I was still feeling funky and down, but I knew that it wasn’t just because of the weekend’s events. I couldn’t really pinpoint why I was feeling so unsettled and just… off.

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part of yesterday’s lunch: salad with cherry tomatoes, dried cranberries, slivered almonds, and sliced smoked duck breast (from the farmers’ market)

Granted, I was pretty wiped out, and fatigue always brings me down. But Pop noticed at the dinner table that something was up.

“I’m fine.” ← Fortunately, Pop knows the true meaning of those words.

I don’t usually have qualms about telling my parents how I feel, but truthfully, I myself didn’t really know what was going on. However, when Pop entered my room (as I wiped a single tear from my eye), I just talked it out, discovering what exactly was bothering me.

The main thing is the internet. I just felt exhausted and more stressed with the internet lately— social media and even blogging. It’s not that I don’t enjoy keeping up with people and blogging (hello, here I am right now), but I feel a little bit enslaved to it at times.

I gotta check Instagram. *scrolls mindlessly and finds an account to “stalk”*

I need to do one thing on Facebook. *scrolls mindlessly and watches at least five of those Tasty videos*

I’ll take this time to read a couple blogs. *goes through the hundreds of unread blog posts*

I’ll check this person’s Snapchat story. *goes through everyone’s story* ← Okay, Snapchat made the stories continuous with one another, which is like a black hole.

I’ve been talking about social media’s toxicity in several different blog posts recently, but I still have not made too much of a change. I clicked on this article called “10 Things You May Not Know About Anxiety Disorder” via Arman’s Coffee Talk post yesterday (another thing: clicking on links), and one thing is that  “People who suffer from gambling or internet addictions are more likely to also have anxiety disorder.”

Do I think I have a legit internet addiction? No. However, I think I could be heading towards one at this rate. Internet doesn’t interfere with my daily work life or anything, but once I don’t have responsibilities, I feel like I can’t get away from it. There’s always something to do/see/like/comment/post on my phone or laptop.

Pop offered some good advice about practical ways to combat this sub-internet-addiction. I also added some strategies myself:

  • Unfollow people on Facebook and Instagram. I don’t need to be following every friend and every fitness junkie/foodie out there. Clean up the feed.
  • Limit yourself to just “liking” things, without feeling like you need to comment.
  • Read a select few blogs.
  • Read actual books more (shoutout to school teachers).
  • Before touching any piece of technology, make a list of what you intend to do when you’re on the internet. Stick to that list. Go in with intention.

This week is all about humility and self-reflection, ain’t it?

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I just finished the best overnight oats I’ve had in a while 

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It’s not fun knowing that I have a disorder-prone mind. It’s not easy to share weakness. But acknowledging my weakness is one way that God helps me knock down my pride and build me up in a way that is more beautiful than before. And vulnerability is the best way to connect to others!

#BeMoreHuman ← that’s a Reebok hashtag, but it works here.

(p.s. Yesterday, I said that I would talk about body image stuff today, but that’s not on my heart right now, so I changed the topic. In short, just know that you are so much more than your outward beauty!!! LIFE is so much more than outward beauty.)

Go get ’em, friends.

Comment or don’t comment. I’d love to hear your thoughts, but you can also just shut down your computer/phone and go on with your day 🙂

Fascinating Friday Links #8

Friday came a lot quicker with Monday off this week! Not a bad thing at all. Homecoming festivities at school also helped distract me and my classmates a bit as well. Actually, in a later post you’ll find out that some of us got a little too distracted at our senior breakfast tailgate…*eyes rolling*

But before that, I have some links to share with you, of course! Enjoy these awesome posts and articles that I found throughout the www this week.

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Health and Fitness

[May answer some of your questions as well] 10 Questions People Ask Personal Trainers via Fit Knit Chick

[Oreos are like CRACK–but for real?] College study finds Oreo cookies are as addictive as drugs via Fox News

[Be careful] 7 Most Dangerous Gym Practices via Oxygen Women’s Fitness

[Totally agree–you don’t have to follow EVERY “healthy” rule] Nutrition Compromises via Kath Eats Real Food; Life Lessons: On Beer and Kale via Hummusapien

[I love combining strength and plyometrics!] Burn, blast, and balance workout via Fitnessista

[Great core workouts] Cardio and Abs Circuit via Nut Butter Runner; 21 minute core and cardio workout via Purely Twins

To Think About…

[Because we all have those days] 5 Days to Deal with Fat Days via Running with Spoons

[We women can be difficult…] Why is it so hard to compliment women? via Cotter Crunch; Women Supporting Women via Peanut Butter Runner

[More on females–how body image has changed] The Evolution of the Ideal Female Body Image Over 10 Decades via Lifting Girl Revolution

[Tough balance] The Tug-of-War Battle Between Adventure and Commitment via Jeff Goins

Tips and Tricks

[For bloggers] 

How to Brand Your Blog with a Color Scheme and Font via Family Blog Tips

How to Get Traffic From Instagram via The SITS Girls

EAT

[Pinch me] Classic Blueberry Muffins with Pumpkin Peanut Butter Frosting via Yeah…Imma Eat That

[Raw dessert] Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches via Peachy Palate

[Yessss] Baked Apple Cider Donuts via Eat, Live, Run

[WHOA BABY] Caramelized Butternut, Roasted Garlic + Coconut Butter Grilled Cheese via How Sweet Eats

[How fun!] Healthy Halloween Goodies for Kids via A Healthy Slice of Life

Miscellaneous Fun

[HILARIOUS] The 25 Whitest Things That Have Ever Happened via BuzzFeed

[I should try gettin’ the fellas this way ;)] “lol how to” via Katie Ryan’s Vine

[On repeat] Kung Fu Piano via The Piano Guys

[So funny. Definitely do so many of these.] 36 Things You Never Realized Everyone Else Does Too via BuzzFeed

Happy Friday!

So tell me: Which links did you enjoy this week?